WEB HISTORY 2008, OCTOBER-DECEMBER


    Site Update of December 31st 2008 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. The last day of 2008 also brings the last website update for the past year with some noteable site changes. Take the Website menu update for example, which was adjusted in style to the other expandable menus. Or if you're a developer: Have a look at the Customize Website page, which should make your life a bit easier. Insight in gnomish alchemy provides the Tabula Peryodiq entry (Bard Judith), and pictures we have to offer in the Village of Kytta'erng entry, the Citystate of Marmarra and at Deci's Mila Venraius entry, representing the fifth Kogian (all pictures by Bard Judith). New poems await in the Library (by Gean and Alysse), lots of beasts and plants and a massive update on Proverbs and Sayings was made as well, including more than 50 sayings collected from various entries within the last year.

Coming Up.
Faugar is working on Santharian busts of famous celebrities, Quellion still on the Serphelorian warrior - and various pigs have been sighted lately in the Artists Forum. Altario tries his hand on the Remusian rework, Decipher on Nybelmar's Tiquaitan Men and there are rumours of Darkling Brownies in that western continent as well! Anyway, let's see what the first 2009 update wil bring... Probably a "Best of" update and Development Awards for the work we've done in the past year. See you then, and: Happy New Year 2009!


 Bestiary Updated the Domestic Cats Overview entry, substituting the old graphics with new ones with a round picture frame, so that the page matches the style of other overview pages (Artimidor)
Added entry on the Cedi Apecat, a rather unusual creature of the Plains of Zhun (Miraran)
Added entry on the Filachara Mollusk, the "ink dumpling" of the Nybelmar's Western Bay (Decipher Ziron)
Added entry on the Gnacker Mollusk, a grey-black mollusk found on rocky shores (Seth Ghibta)
Added entry on the Selkie Predator, a predator of the dark waters of the Ice Sea (Seth Ghibta)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Cavernfire Bush, a small bush, found in caves and tunnels (Morden Peshirgolz)
Updated entry on the Juk'lan Shrub, adding an additional variant in the Appearance section (Alysse the Likely)
Added entry on the Red Grain, a grain used for baking and making beer (Morden Peshirgolz)
 Library Added poem "Krean Dancer" to our Love Poems collection (Alysse the Likely)
Added sonnet "Oh Ravenport, Thou Surely Art" to our Miscellanous Poems collection (Gean Firefeet)
 Magic Added entry on Level 5 Fire Spell - Fiery Feet to our spells collection (Gean Firefeet)
 Misc Added entry on the Tabula Peryodiq, representing those substances of matter in solid, gaseous, or liquid form as they are known to the sentient beings of the Kingdom (Bard Judith)
Updated
entry on Proverbs and Sayings, adding lots of additional new expressions (various Santharian members)
 People Added entry on the Fifth Kogian Mila Venraius, the so-called "Intellect of Marmarra" (Decipher Ziron, pic Bard Judith)
 Places Updated entry on the Citystate of Marmarra, adding another picture, depicting the Witch Queen Kyera the Tyrant (pic Bard Judith)
Updated
entry on the Farming Village of Kytta'erng, adding lillustration of  the Eyelian Myrna'at Nonewiser Tomo’olokouf, the somewhat-reluctant chief. The picture was also added to the Eyelian tribe entry, representing an Eyelian elder in the Occupations section (pic Bard Judith)
 Treasures Added another receipt to Madame Sausade's Cookery Book, namely Moonlight Pie. The receipt was also directly linked from the Cavernfire Bush entry (Morden Peshirgolz)
 Website Adjusted the Website menu, so that it now consists of various sections which are expandable like most other Santharian menus. Parts of the Treasures and Oddities menu have now been moved to the new Website menu, new is also a Game menu, where all kinds of games in the Santharian context are easily accessible. The main site frame was also optimized for browsers like Safari (Artimidor)
Added Customize Website page to the Site Tools section in the Website menu. This allows especially developers to bookmark different versions of the site's main frame in order to have all menus right at hand (Artimidor)
Added the Development Rules page to the Website menu, containing the Santharian Community Code and further General Rules on how to write Compendium entries (Bard Judith)
Updated the
Santharian Anniversary Trivia Quiz in Santhworld, so that it now has a pool of 20 questions to choose from for a 10 questions quiz. To start the Start the quiz, type START TRIVIA, followed by SPECIALS (Artimidor, Tharoc)
Added introduction page for Santharian Trivia
for
Santhworld, including developers list and module screenshots. Also updated the Lorehold introduction page, adding developers list and module screenshots (Artimidor)

    Site Update of December 8th 2008 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Last time we had a special 10 year Anniversary update, so the regular stuff got delayed a bit, and we have to catch up a bit this time. And catch up we did... mostly. Check out for example the plethora of pictures we have this week - like the Tar'andus Deer, a Shir update, the Rimmerins Blackhog or the Brownie Council Tree (all Bard Judith) to name just a few. Or Ingeborg's illustration of Decipher's "Descending into Gold" poem, or Sheil's illustration of the Fourth Kogian Yian Tisare. We also are happy to celebrate the return of Wren and upload her very first contribution since years with her sung version of the "Dusk is Here" lullaby. - What else does this major update include? Morden Peshirgolz gets his first entries up, the Heaths of Blood Conflict and history tables of the Susilgerim and the Rogetyrim Dwarves - a happy welcome on board to our new dwarves history specialist! Congrats on the first contributions also go to Seth for her very imaginative Blackhog and Zaniskari entries! Aside from Kogians Decipher also finished his entry on the Queendom of Marmarra and the strange Cairnhoom Creature, Garret presents here Dog Overview, Tharoc the Eaninan Warg, Val brings us the Glass Winged Butterfy and Gean another detailed Places entry, the Fields of Aurium.

Coming Up. Christimas is coming up! Woo-hooo! So a merry one from here in advance. You can also expect some more pictures Judy has up here sleeve, some changes on the Website menu, more dwarven history tables and cha'ah time delights fitting to the cold season out there, where one better stays in with a warm cup of cha'ah. Also the Forest of Contamar takes shape, the Santharian Anniversary will get a lot more questions and we are a bit behind with Herbarium stuff that hopefully will find its way on the site soon. Anyway, have a nice dive into the holidays and don't eat too many cookies!


 Bestiary Added entry on the Arrowhead Goose, a relatively small fowl which spends the colder months along the mid-Santharian river the Thaehevil, used by the Vale Brownie to trade their goods (Rookie Brownbark)
Added entry on the Cairnhoom Creature, a mysterious group of gigantic rock creatures that inhabit the mountain ranges of Germon Doilth and Therrein Nermarem in Northwestern Nybelmar (Decipher Ziron)
Added entry on the Darkmist Ape, strange creatures of the North, warped by evil magics (Alysse the Likely)
Added Dogs Overview entry, summarizing everything we know on man's ever present canine companion, which is used for guarding, watching, herding, hunting, and even in some cases comforting (Garret Arroway)
Added entry on the Eanian Warg, the beautiful but rare white warg of the Icelands Peninsula (Tharoc Wargrider)
Updated entry on the Fox (Shir), substituting the current picture with an improved version (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Glass Winged Butterfly, a beautiful insect with fluffy white fur (Val O'Neil)
Added entry on the Krumhorn Beast, a majestic armoured beast that nowadays serves as companion of the Susilgerim dwarves at the Heaths of Wilderon in Northern Sarvonia (Morden Peshirgolz)
Added entry on the Rast Warg, the most 'gentle' kind of wargs, which has made its home primarily in the ancient Kyranian territory (Garret Arroway)
Added entry on the Rimmerins Blackhog, said to be one of the most adaptable and sociable kind of pigs (Seth Ghbita, pic Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the Tar'andus Deer, adding illustration of the caribou (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Zaniskari Reptile, a small, lightly built, yet definitely not defenceless reptile of the plains regions of Western Nybelmar (Seth Ghibta)
 Herbarium Updated entry on the Bittersweet Tree, adding further details at the Usages section (Tharoc Wargrider)
 History Added entry on the Heaths of Blood Conflict, dealing with the confrontation between Susilgerim Dwarves and Rhom-Oc Orcs (Morden Peshirgolz)
Updated the history tables of the Kyranians correcting dates, names and a bunch of event descriptions (Garret Arroway)
Added history table on the Rogetyrim Dwarves and the Susilgerim Dwarves, and in the process updating history tables on the Imlith Mountains, the Shadow Elves, and others (Morden Peshirgolz)
 Library Added poem "Descending into Gold" to our Miscellaneous Poems collection (Decipher, pic Ingeborg)
 Music Added two versions of the song "Dusk is Here" to our Lullaby overview. The first instrumental version by Gean and Judy was already on the site, yet not in the new overview. Now we also have a sung version done by Wren. Wren's artist page in the Music menu was also started, her old songs still need to be transferred however (Wren, Gean & Bard Judith)
 People Added entry on the Third Kogian Lyrias Meurtian, one more of the most instrumental individuals in the establishment of the Marmarran Citystate (Decipher Ziron, pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Fourth Kogian Yian Tisare, often venerated as the greatest and most dedicated artist and musician in Marmarran history (Decipher Ziron, pic Sheil)
 Places Updated entry on the Council Tree, adding illustration to this huge magically enhanced cinnabark tree, home of the Vale Brownies. The picture was also added to the Cinnabark Pine entry (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Fields of Aurium, a fertile field of great renown located in the Manthrian province, where supposedly "Jeyriall descended on the earth" (Gean Firefeet)
Added entry on the Queendom of Marmarra, one of the larger Citystates of the Zhunite people (Decipher Ziron)
 Website Updated Santhworld, integrating further pictures of Bard Judith in the Nepris module like Thalanis Fizzlefist and the Poor Farmhouse illustration, fixing some bugs and adding details on the combat system in the Santhworld description page. The module description was also further updated and among other things now features also 16 screenshots of the Nepris module (Artimidor & Grinch, pics Bard Judith)

    Site Update of November 16th 2008 by Artimidor
Happy Anniversary! Update Statement. Yep, today's the day! The Santharian Dream turns 10! Started sometime in the previous millenium in November 1998 and improved a bit further every year that's where we are now: 10 years of development have passed, 10 years of hard work, excitement, team spirit, innovations, elaborations, updates, inaugurations and what not.  Grab your glass of champagne and piece of cake and then dig into the specials of this anniversary update that has really a lot for you in store to enjoy...

Highlight of today is the unleashing of Santhworld 2.0, which makes its way from the programming laboratory to the rest of the world, as now we're talking about a full-fledged interactive role playing game with monsters, missions and exciting challenges! Rest assured - you don't want to miss that premiere! Don't forget to read the details below to know how to get started with the role playing module!

We also have a cardboard game to download for you, Compendium Clue, which was put together in secrecy by our Masterbard Judith! Let's hope that Artimidor doesn't turn out as the villain! Also highly informative and entertaining are Santharian Easter Eggs and Blunders. And then we also got a report from Irookie Moot 2008, Irid and Rookie's adventures in Prague. Then we've got Member Voices starring among others Tharoc Wargrider plus warg, the webmaster babbles a bit (regular anniversary procedure, you know...) and then we've got the Timeline 2003-2008 and finally some Anniversary Poems. Thanks to everyone who made this update so great - and have fun!

P.S
. Oh, and we also got a big Santhworld Anniversary Quiz testing your knowledge about the site... Try it out, you find it in Santhworld under TRIVIA, then SPECIALS. Let's see how far you can climb in Santharian ranks!

 Website Updated Santhworld to version 2.0, featuring revolutionary engine improvements to previous versions of this interactive tool - now fully supporting role playing in modules including player attributes, battles, improved intelligent parser system, and much more. The new version of Santhworld is introduced with a fully elaborated role playing mission in the "Mysteries of Nepris" module: "Chapter I: The Fizzlefist Laboratory", which you start by typing START NEPRIS. The area was restricted, so that you can just follow this mission properly. Further details about game engine improvements, new commands, handling and maps and further specifications regarding the Nepris module can be found at the provided Santhworld Experience link (story and game design Artimidor, programming by Grinch, pics by Bard Judith, Quellion, Faugar, Mitra Rodi and Arbaon, musics by Macar and Gean Firefeet, additional texts by Alysse)
Added
Santhworld Trivia Quiz featuring an anniversy special with - at the moment - 10 questions. More will follow that will result in 10 question quizzes that never the same (Artimidor, Alysse and Tharoc)
 Treasures &
 Oddities
Added page Dreamy Introduction, the already traditional look back at times past from the very personal point of view of the project's webmaster himself (Artimidor)
Added page on Anniversary Poems with a bunch of poems to get you into the festive mood on this important day for our site
(Gean Firefeet, Tharoc Wargrider, Decipher Ziron, Talia)
Added page on Compendium Clue, a Santharian version of Cluedo which you can print out and enjoy with your friends
(Bard Judith, pics various artists)
Added page on Development Blunder featuring the funniest lapses and goof-ups in Forum history of the past years
(Artimidor, contributions by various team members - voluntarily or not...)
Added photo page on the Prague Adventures with Irid and Rookie, reporting from another encounter of Santharian members off-site
(Irid alMenie and Rookie Browniebark)
Added page Santharian Easter Eggs, an insightful guide to all kinds of Santharian references hidden in entries, pictures etc. that you might have missed
(Artimidor, contributions by various team members)
Added page Santharian Member Voices 2008, continuing our member voices special of the laster Santharian anniversary, this time with voices of Gean and Tharoc, who has got a full fledged tale for you in store on how he ended up as a researcher for the Compendium
(Gean Firefeet, Miés'Efér Lytherá, Tharoc Wargrider)
Added page covering the Santharian Timeline 2003-2008, summarizing the most exciting and defining events of the past five years, complementing the timeline page of the 5 years anniversary back in 2003 (Artimidor)

    Site Update of October 26th 2008 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Right before the 10th Santharian Anniversary our Masterbard didn't only win an award for her art in real life (congratulations once again!), but she also finished several drawings enriching the site in these days... Among them the Vilerat, the Myrddin Falcon, an additional Field Mouse picture, a rich lady's "treasure trove" in the Bead Industry entry, a Kaaer'dár'shín shamut - and last but not least the Stone Troll of the Stone Fields of Peat (all Bard Judith), the latter being a cooperation with Val. Of course there's also more on entries available, like the Fleshworm (Lionhorse), some fascinating recent Santharian history with the March of the Darkest Knight entry (Garret) or the beautiful Le'matice Vine of Varcopas (Gwai'aiya). Snacks are by the way available at the Dark and Sticky Petties entry (Ganinon) and then accompany sound wizard Macar who leads you into the mysterious Laboratory of the Neprisian mage Fizzlefist... Oh, and do you enjoy something vulgar, yet amusing? Then maybe the Lymerycks of Santharia collection will help you out, initiated by our dear, but shameless Tharoc Wargrider...

Coming Up. It's November again, and as it happens that this very site was founded in November just 10 years ago, I guess it's time for an anniversary special! - Now what awaits? Well, we'll first have a look back at the last five years, complementing our special we had at our 5th anniversary. Then we plan a little Santharian trivia, so that you can determine if you're a real Santh-pro, or just a lousy wanna-be Santharian. Also planned: Some member accounts on how they ended up in Santharia, development goofs and revelations of hidden easter eggs. Make sure not to miss the next update and get your virtual glass of champagne - cheers in advance!


 Bestiary Updated entry on the Field Mouse, adding in an additional picture of a mouse showing Gnumpy, the star of many a children's bedtime story (pic Bard Judith)
Added entry on the Fleshworm, small creatures that feed on already-decaying flesh (Lionhorse)
Updated entry on the Myrddin Falcon, adding of this majestic raptor (pic Bard Judith)
Updated entry on the Vilerat, adding illustration of this vicious critter (pic Bard Judith)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Le'matice Vine, a beautiful flowering vine, growing especially in Varcopas (Gwai'aiya Quillouf)
 History Added entry on the March of the Darkest Knight, a recent event and dark chapter in Santharian history related to the ramblings or a prophecy come true of a drunk man (Garret Arroway)
 Library Added new page called "Lymerycks of Santharia", a collection of short vulgar, yet amusing rhymes quite popular among the merchant and lower classes of Santharia (various contributers, among them Tharoc, Bard Judith, Alysse the Likely, Irid, Miraran, Druadan, Nsikigan and Gean Firefeet)
Added poem "A Sans Worth" to our "Market Chants" collection, an educational poem about the worth of money
(Mannix)
Added poem "Dream of the Sentinel" to our "Religious Poems" collection, a poem interpretd to mean many things, among them it was said to represent a religious vision of the God of War, Armeros (Degas Zummatra)
 Magic Added entry on Level 3 Wind Spell - Amnesia to our spells collection (Eléyr Fásamár)
 Misc. Updated entry on the Brownie Bead Industry, adding illustration of a rich lady's treasure trove, including a necklace of Brownie-made beads. The picture was also re-used at the Truphull Fungus entry and the Lysh Pike, as it includes further elements representing usages of the mentioned fungus and fish (pic Bard Judith)
Added
entry on the Dark and Sticky Petties Snack, the famous chocolate or syrup covered prezzers from Nybelmar (Ganinon)
 Music Added new musical piece "Fizzlefist's Laboratory" to our "Places Themes" collection in the Music menu. You will also soon find the song will integrated in the Nepris module of Santhworld (song by Macar)
 People Added entry on Kijuur Destius, one of the Kogian Five, the instrumental individuals in the establishment of the Citystate of Marmarra in Western Nybelmar (Decipher Ziron, reused pic by Sheil)
 Places Updated entry on the Stone Field of Peat, adding illustration of a stone troll (pic Val O'Neil & Bard Judith)
 Races & Tribes Added overview on the Troll Tribes of Caelereth, providing a proper overview of all existing tribes of trolls currently known in Caelereth (Artimidor)
Updated entry on the Kaaer'dár'shín Half-Orcs, adding illustration of an orcish shamut (pic Bard Judith)

    Site Update of October 5th 2008 by Artimidor

Pictures included in this week's update

Update Statement. Some entries of major importance made it finally on site this update: Have a look e.g. at the Brownie Council Tree (Rookie) or at a key entry in regard of the continent of Nybelmar, where we uploaded the Citystate of Marmarra, along with the Witch Queen Eluda'shi Lashmara (both Decipher, illustrations by Sheil). We also managed to complete our series of entries on the four elements of Caelereth, this time we got the last and final element, Wind (Gwai'ayia, pics Faugar and Quellion). In Santharia Nsiki completed the Eyelian Village of Kytta'erng, Azhira investigated the Mystran phenomenon and Judy hands out some tasty Prezzers - make sure to get your share!

Coming Up. A bunch of  pictures are currently in progress done by Judy, be it the Myrddin Falcon, a Vilerat or a watchtower to name just a bunch. I'm sure you'll see final results of the one or the other picture pretty soon. Decipher is also diligently plotting more Marmarra related stuff, there's a story by Gwa'ayia in progress and our nasty orc Tharoc has been collecting defamatory lymericks lately. Erm... Anyhow, if you want to get a taste of those, you better be there next time!


 Bestiary Added entry on the Blue Myrmex ("Ice Myrmex"), a little insect capable of surviving in freezing tempertaturs (Tharoc Wargrider)
Updated entry on the Mystran Spirit, completely revising the entry (Azhira)
Added entry on the Rusthound, a hunting dog, originating in the Santharian province of Ximax (Garret Arroway)
 Herbarium Added entry on the Hububat Grain, a multi-header grain of the Morchini people (Miraran Tehuriden)
 Misc. Added entry on the Element of Wind/Air, finally completing our series of entries on the four elements of Caelereth (Gwai'ayia Quillouf, pics Faugar and Quellion)
Updated entry on the Prezzers and Petitioners, adding illustration of this delectable snack (pic Bard Judith)
 People Added entry on the Witch Queen Eluda'shi Lashmara, who formed the Nybelmarian farming town of Marmarra into the colossal, feared and powerful institution it is today (Decipher Ziron)
 Places Added entry on the Brownie Council Tree, a large, magically enhanced cinnabark pine, home to lots of Vale Brownies, the biggest settlement on the Sarvonian continent (Rookie Brownbark)
Added entry on the Citystate of Marmarra, the infamous "City of Witches", ruled by Witch Queens, manipulative sorcery and unnatural magical creations (Decipher Ziron, pics Sheil)
Added entry on the Village of Kytta'erng, a Santharian farming settlement in Sanguia (Nsikigan Yourth)
 Races & Tribes Updated entry on the Kaaer'dár'shín Orcs, correcting some things and adding in more content here and there. Updates were made especially to the Appearance, People, Religion and Festivals sections. The Myth/Lore section was also added now (Azhira)
 Religion Updated entry on the Kaaer'dár'shín Beliefs, adding additional details, among them the new sections Burial Practices, Mask of the Tree Cousin and One with Durgho (Azhira)
 Team Added membership page of Garret Arroway (Jordan Fuselier, Texas, USA), our dog, wolf and warg expert, who reached membership status after delivering her masterwork on the Kyranian Men (Garret Arroway)
Added membership page of Rookie Brownbark (Ella Corbin, United Kingdom), our declared Brownie expert, who just finished her Council Tree masterwork. Let's hope for many more entries to come!
(Rookie Brownbark)

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